Gabrielle Giffords shooting

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Hero in Gabby Giffords Shooting Dead at 78

Bill Badger tackled Jared Loughner on Jan. 8, 2011

(Newser) - How one shooting survivor describes Bill Badger's heroics on Jan. 8, 2011, to Arizona Public Media : "Bill was in his 70s at the time and Jared Loughner was a strong 22-year-old who had a gun and was attempting to reload. Had he been able to reload, he had... More »

Giffords to Attend 1st Gun Show Since Shooting

To promote background checks

(Newser) - A gun show may seem like the last thing a shooting victim would want to attend, but Gabrielle Giffords won't be at the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair tomorrow to promote firearms—the former Arizona congresswoman is going to promote stricter gun control laws. New York's gun shows are... More »

Giffords to Congress: Background Checks. Now.

Misinformation is stalling a no-brainer that everyone wants

(Newser) - "I think about patience every day," says Gabrielle Giffords, as she rehabilitates from being shot in the head two years ago. But as she looks at the gun control dance playing out on Capitol Hill, she finds herself running short of that particular virtue. "What are they... More »

Parents Took Loughner's Gun as He Grew Unstable

He also cried at traffic stop on morning of Arizona shooting, documents show

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner started acting so erratically in the months leading up to his 2011 shooting spree that his parents confiscated his shotgun on the advice of the community college that expelled him , reports the Arizona Republic . (Loughner used a different weapon in the Tucson rampage.) His father even... More »

Man to Rep: Hope Somebody 'Giffords Your Asses'

Rhonda Fields was pushing gun control

(Newser) - A Colorado Springs man has been arrested on suspicion of sending harassing emails to a state lawmaker, including one that said, "Hopefully somebody Gifords [sic] both of your asses with a gun." State Rep. Rhonda Fields, who represents Aurora and whose son was shot and killed in 2005... More »

Mark Kelly: 'We Can Fix This'

Giffords' hubby wants background checks, assault weapon ban, limited magazine sizes

(Newser) - Mark Kelly took his campaign for stricter gun control to Fox this morning, Politico reports, telling the network that it's time to enact universal background checks and that limiting magazine capacities "would have made a big difference" in the shooting that killed six and injured wife Gabrielle Giffords.... More »

Giffords, Kelly Launch Gun Control Group

They say it will be able to counter the gun lobby's influence

(Newser) - Today is the second anniversary of Gabrielle Giffords' shooting , and she and Mark Kelly mark the occasion by launching a group pushing for "responsible" gun laws. "Until now, the gun lobby's political contributions, advertising, and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun-violence groups. No longer," they write... More »

Gun-Control Plan? That Got Shelved

Proposal could fortify FBI background-check system

(Newser) - The Justice Department developed a new gun-control initiative after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting last year but shelved it in the heat of a presidential election campaign, the New York Times reports. Whether President Obama will revive it in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting is unknown. But the basic... More »

Gabby Giffords Staffer Wins Her House Seat

Ron Barber was wounded in the 2011 shooting spree

(Newser) - The man handpicked by Gabby Giffords to take her House seat has prevailed by a razor-thin margin, reports the AP via the Huffington Post . Ron Barber, a Giffords aide who was wounded in the leg and cheek in the 2011 Tucson shooting spree, defeated Republican Martha McSally. Barber has been... More »

Giffords to Confront Gunman in Court

Jared Lee Loughner set for life sentencing

(Newser) - The Arizona gunman who killed six people and wounded 13, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be sentenced to life in prison this morning—and Giffords herself will be in the courtroom, Politico reports. A federal plea bargain this summer will put Jared Lee Loughner, 24, behind bars for life,... More »

Loughner Pleads Guilty, Is Deemed Competent

Gabrielle Giffords supports plea that spares him the death penalty

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner won't face the death penalty for his shooting spree against Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty today and will likely get a life sentence instead, reports AP . Before the plea, the judge declared Loughner competent to stand trial should he go that route,... More »

Survivors, Mayors Launch Anti-Gun Ad

Arizona victims demand a plan from Obama, Romney

(Newser) - The same day seven were shot dead in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and just weeks after 12 were killed in a Colorado movie theater, shooting victims are appearing in a moving advertisement demanding that President Obama and Mitt Romney come up with a strategy to reduce gun violence. Three... More »

Loughner Will Plead Guilty: Source

Will likely get a life sentence in exchange for doing so

(Newser) - Some 18 months after Gabrielle Giffords and a dozen others were wounded in the Tucson mass shooting that killed six, Jared Lee Loughner is set to plead guilty, two sources tell the Los Angeles Times . It reports that psych experts will on Tuesday testify that Loughner is competent do so,... More »

Tucson Shooting Hero Slams Issa on Gun Control

Patricia Maisch not a fan of plan to charge Eric Holder with contempt

(Newser) - Rep. Darrell Issa and his House Oversight Committee should spend less time investigating Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal and more time actually worrying about gun control, argues a hero of the Tucson shootings that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Patricia Maisch , 63, who wrestled a loaded... More »

Giffords' Old Nemesis Wins GOP Primary for Her Seat

Jesse Kelly almost unseated former congresswoman in 2010

(Newser) - Voters in southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District last night chose Republican Jesse Kelly to face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a special election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman. Barber and Kelly will face off in June, but the two opponents have already started the war of words,... More »

Giffords Aide to Run for Her Seat

Ron Barber was shot in Tucson, too

(Newser) - Former Gabrielle Giffords aide and fellow shooting survivor Ron Barber intends to run to replace Giffords in Congress, he announced today. Barber was shot twice in the Tucson shooting spree that nearly killed Giffords, according to the Hill . "While there will never be anyone who can fill Congresswoman Giffords’... More »

Bloomberg Rips Congress Over Stalled Gun Control Laws

New York mayor evokes Gabrielle Giffords in criticism of Capitol Hill

(Newser) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to know "who has to get killed" for Congress to support gun control laws. Appearing on Meet the Press today, Bloomberg said he has made a gun control ad with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to air during the Super Bowl, Mediaite reports. Then... More »

Missouri Lawmakers Find Crosshairs on Doors

Five Democrats and one Republican were targets

(Newser) - Barely a year after Gabrielle Giffords was shot after a controversial ad showed rifle crosshairs over her district and those of other Democrats in Congress, five Democratic Missouri state senators and one Republican member of the state House found similar images on their office doors, reports the Columbia Daily Tribune... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Resigns

'I will recover, and will return,' resignation letter promises

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords was feted by colleagues including Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz today in her last day on the House floor. "Today I know that now is not the time. I have more work to do on my recovery before I can again serve in elected... More »

Giffords: I'm Leaving Congress

'I have more work to do,' says Arizona congresswoman

(Newser) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is stepping down from the Arizona congressional seat that nearly cost her her life, she announced in a YouTube video posted today. "Arizona is my home. Always will be. A lot has happened over this past year," she says, voicing her hopes for progress on... More »

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